Monday, November 12, 2012

Christmas Stocking Tutorial

Hello friends! Today I'm going to show you a simple method for making scrappy Christmas stockings. They're quick and super easy (I promise) and a great way to use up your favorite fabrics or scraps. Using fat quarters, mine finished at 17" x 6".  You could enlarge the pattern and make the stockings any size you like, using the same method.
I used a bunch of gorgeous Art Gallery Fabrics from various collections including their Oval ElementsPure ElementsIndie and Rhapsodia

Fabric requirements (per stocking):
  • Lining - 1 Fat Quarter
  • Backing - Fat Quarter
  • Front - assorted fabric strips
  • Batting scrap 9" x 20"
Stocking template here (part 1) and here (part 2).
Cut out pattern and trace two lining pieces (facing opposite directions) from one fat quarter.
Gather 15-18 fabric strips at least 8"-9" long and various widths.
Trim batting scrap to slightly larger than the stocking pattern.
"Audition" fabric strips in the order you like before you start sewing.  Remove strips except middle two strips, but keep them in the planned order.
Place middle strip in place on the batting and pin adjacent strip right sides together. 
Sew strips together (and to batting) using 1/4" seam allowance. If you have a walking foot, I suggest using it. Press strips open.
Continue adding fabric strips using the same method of sewing right sides together, then press open. (Pressing will help keep your fabric strips neat.)  When all strips are sewn to batting you can quilt by stitching over the fabric strips at whatever density you prefer. I just eyeball the lines using the stripes as my guide 
Lay stocking pattern over quilted piece and cut stocking front trimming off 1" at the top. Cut a backing piece facing the opposite direction from the front also minus 1" from the top.  You will now have a front, back and two lining pieces. 
Match up the pieced front with a lining right sides together (toes pointing the same direction) and a back and lining piece right sides together.  Sew top edges together using 1/4" seam allowance. Press seams open.  Match up two new pieces with lining pieces right sides together and front/back right sides together. Sew all the way around matched pieces using a 1/4" seam allowance and leaving a 4" opening in the lining.
Before turning right sides out, trim fabric close to seam allowance on the lining pieces and clip curves of the outside portion of the stocking. Turn right side out and topstitch lining gap closed.  Tuck stocking lining inside the stocking, leaving the top of the lining sticking up 1/4" to create contrasting trim. Carefully shape and press the stocking, esp the top edge (see below).
To create a hanging loop, cut a scrap 1.5" x 6". Fold in half and crease. Open and fold sides into the crease. Press. Fold in half again and top stitch open sides closed.  Fold loop in half and pin to the inside of the back seam of the stocking. Sew it in place at the same time you top-stitch the top edge of the stocking. I top stitch at the top and bottom of the 'trim' to give it a finished look.
And that's it! You're done.  You could even do the same pattern and just make 'solid' fronts for your stockings.  
This tutorial was originally on  Art Gallery Fabrics blog as part of the series of tutorials from the Fat Quarter Gang. 
make your own Christmas stocking using fabric scraps

139 comments:

  1. I follow Art Gsllery Fabrics blog, and also on Facebook. I loved the stocking tutorial!

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  2. Amy, cute stocking! I might have to make one or ten.
    I follow the AGF on their blog and by facebook.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  3. I subscribe to their blog. Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway.

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  4. My favorite way to follow AGT is through my google Reader.

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  5. I subscribe through Google reader. Thanks!

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  6. I follow everything in Google Reader. It's embarrassing how long my list is in there!

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  7. I follow through Google reader

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  8. I like keeping up on facebook best, but also use many of the other options too. Thanks for a great tutorial! It's perfect for the sewing project at Hopeful Threads this month!

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  9. Cute stockings!!! I love non-traditional colors for Christmas.
    I subscribe to the AGF blog and follow them on Twitter. Thanks for the stocking tutorial and the chance to win.

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  10. Very cute! I follow their blog through google reader! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  11. I follow AGF on Twitter.
    P.S. I love the stockings!

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  12. I like the contrasting trim! Thanks -- this looks like a quick and pretty project. I subscribe to Art Gallery Fabrics via google reader.

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  13. Wonderful fabrics! Thanks for the tutorial.

    Greetings
    Petra

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  14. Great stocking -thanks for the tutorial. I subscribe in my Reader and on Facebook. Much prefer the reader though :)

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  15. I follow you and them thru Google Reader. Thanks for the chance and the tute!

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  16. Great stocking tutorial! My favourite way to follow is with bloglovin', but I follow with twitter, facebook & google too. Bloglovin' just makes it so easy. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  17. Love these stockings! I follow the AFG blog.

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  18. This is such a lovely combo! I follow the AFG blog and love all the projects :)

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  19. What gorgeous fabric! I follow them on Facebook.

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  20. I follow them through FB, I love the material choices! missysaprons@gmail.com

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  21. I like following their blog on Google Reader best, Facebook isn't my favourite medium

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  22. I'm certainly going to make some Christmas stockings and follow them on Facebook.

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  23. I follow Art Gallery Fabrics on Facebook :-)
    wowie what a lovely color range is that bundle!!!

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  24. I follow their blog through Google reader.

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  25. I love following the AGF blog - thanks for the great tutorial!

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  26. I follow AGF blog on Google reader.

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  27. I just took a break from Using Up my full bundle of Rhapsodia and Elements, which I love! I sure would love a similar refill of art gallery fabrics! I follow agf in blogger and by email subscription. My birthday is on the 16'th so I hope my number comes up :^D

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  28. I've been looking for a pattern like this since having 2 more grand babies--thanks! I follow you through google reader and FB.

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  29. I saw these over at Art Gallery. They are so adorable!! I just love them!!

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  30. This is gorgeous and in theory I still have time to make a few! I follow AGF on facebook but it doesn't always show up so I follow their blog too

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  31. What a beautiful range of colours. I follow through pinterest and am a regular blog reader.

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  32. I'm following on Facebook. I really need to make some stockings!

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  33. I follow their blog. Those are awesome stockings and beautiful fabric. Thanks for the chance.

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  34. Follow AFG on Facebook (easiest)!! Beautiful color combo for the Fat Quarter Bundle!!!

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  35. I Subscribe to their newsletter.Thanks for the chance!

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  36. I follow AGF everywhere. A bit of a social media stalker. I get a good laugh out of their videos they post on You tube. Love your little stocking and the palette of colours you chose.

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  37. I follow on Facebook. I don't have twitter, and I refuse to get sucked in to Pinterest...I spend way too much time online as it is!

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  38. I follow Art Gallery on Facebook, their blog & get their newsletter.

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  39. I follow AGF on facebook. Love the fabric and the stocking tutorial! I was just cutting some pieces for some christmas stockings last night.

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  40. I love your stockings... especially because they are in non-traditional colour scheme!! I think that I need to update some stockings in our home and will follow your tute... thanks!!

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  41. Hi!!! Your stockings are very pretty!!!! I love the fabric!!! I subscribe AGF!!! Thanks for the fun!!!!

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  42. I follow on google reader.
    I love the stockings

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  43. Hi! I like to keep up with AGF via Blog Lovin'!
    But do follow them on FB too!
    https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1711336606

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  44. I follow their blog and of course many of their FQ Gang!

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  45. Great tutorial! Those sticking are fabulous. Thanks!

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  46. Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway. I follow art gallery fabrics on their blog and facebook as stitched by Miss N
    :)

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  47. I follow Art Gallery on Facebook. Thanks for the tutorial, I want to make new stockings for everybody this year. I love the fabrics you used.

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  48. I follow Art Gallery fabrics on FB. Love this tutorial, thanks!

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  49. I follow AG on FB....great stockings, we love our stockings around here.

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  50. I follow Art Gallery's blog. Lovin' those scrappy stockings. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  51. These stockings look good and reasonably easy. Cute! Thanks for the tutorial amd the giveaway! I subscribe via email.

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  52. I follow though Pinterest, so many great ideas!!

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  53. I follow through Google Reader. I also follow via FB.

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  54. I follow AGF on Pinterest, liked on FB, and subscribe to blog. Thanks for the great tutorial for stockings. Very pretty.

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  55. I follow her blog via email. What adorable stockings! When kids see them they would want the stockings and not worry about what is in them, especially girls. Boys would probably like blue or camoflage. babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  56. I follow the AGF blog. I love all their projects from the Fat Quarter Gang!

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  57. Sigo GFC e me inscrevi para E-mail.
    Obrigada.

    tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  58. i follow agf along on fb, their blog by email. that's a nice, easy and fast stocking pattern. thanx for the chance to win a fantastic bundle to make it with.

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  59. Cute tutorial! :) I follow AGF through their blog! They have the softest fabrics! :)

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  60. I follow them in my Google reader. That way I am sure not to miss a post. I also love to read their post on Facebook, but don't always see them.

    Great stocking! Love the fabrics.
    Sandy A

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  61. I follow the AGF blog - receiving posts by email. Love the stocking tutorial. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  62. I am really liking the introduction of aqua as a Christmas color. I have a pattern with presents and some fat quarters in red, aqua and green that I am itching to stitch up into a large lap size quilt. These stockings may be just the ticket to do a smaller project and still slake my color combo thirst!

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  63. I follow on Pinterest, facebook, and by email! I love all the great projects! I am going to make stockings!

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  64. I follow them everywhere, but I love their blog as a way of seeing different uses for the fabric!

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  65. Oh, my favorite way is with Pinterest. I love Organize It! I do follow their blog with Google Reader and I'm a follower of yours, too. :)

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  66. Thank you so much for a chance at the give-away! I love AGF & subscribe to their newsletter. I have their site bookmarked & that's how I'm sure to follow!
    mgw070 at shaw dot ca

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  67. I so enjoy making Christmas stockings and I really like the Oval Elements - they are so great to have in my stash!

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  68. I follow AGF on facebook & their blog! I love your stockings! very cool! And the fabric you used is awesome! :)

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  69. I follow all things Art Gallery! :) Love those stockings...a fun take on Christmas colors!
    amhalverson(at)gmail(dot)com

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  70. I follow AGF on Facebook (jdgunthorpe at yahoo dot co dot uk) and receive their blog updates via email. Love their fabric!

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  71. Your stockings are gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial. I follow Art Gallery fabrics on Twitter & via email subscription, thanks!

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  72. I follow on facebook and email. Love the stocking colors do non traditional.

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  73. I follow on email. Love your Christmas stockings!

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  74. I follow on Facebook. Thanks so much for this tutorial! I am SO doing this for my children - today! I live in Germany and they don't have the whole stocking thing at Christmas - so only my hubby and myself have stockings! My little ones MUST have some of these! I'm smitten! Thanks also for the giveaway!

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  75. Those are adorable Amy. You always come up with such fun fabric combinations!

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  76. I discover AGF today with your blog, thank you for this and the funny tutorial!

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  77. I 'connect' best with creative elements and minds on Pinterest @ sowing stitches. Sometimes I've been known to get lost on Twitter and Facebook before I ever arrive at my destination.

    sowingstitches [at] gmail [dot] com

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  78. I Love those fabrics. Just found them on Facebook and am now a follower.

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  79. Wonderful tutorial. I follow both you and Art Gallery.

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  80. I follow them in Google Reader. Beautiful fabrics! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  81. I follow AGF on Facebook and Pinterest. I love the stocking tutorial!! I had a brand new great niece born yesterday and I'm definitely using this to make her a cute stocking for Christmas!

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  82. I folow on facebook. Great tutorial!

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  83. I subscribe to their blog by email. Love the stockings!

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  84. My favorite way to follow AGF is on Pinterest - love the inspiring ideas.

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  85. I love AGF. I follow them on Pinterest, the blog and FB. Thank you for the cute tute!

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  86. Now following AGF on Facebook - loving the stockings:)

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  87. I want some christmas stockings! The kids have grown and gone, so the decorations have been gone for a few years, but this year I want it back since I just moved into my first house ever! I want to expand my "likes" in colors and design as I tend to be very "tailored" in what I do...nothing out of the box...so I'd love to start with these fat quarters!
    quiltingnanny@yahoo.com

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  88. I forgot...I don't Tweet or Facebook or any of that...so I subscribed to her newsletter..and saved her blog...lot of info there I want to read!
    quiltingnanny@yahoo.com

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  89. I love & follow their pinterest boards.

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  90. I like them on Facebook! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  91. I Lke them on Facebook and I subscribe to their blog. That's how I found you.

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  92. I've been thrown ever since that rather long holiday! I'd better get my backside in gear soon though...

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  93. So cute. My favorite way to follow is my subscription.

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  94. I love your color palette. It's like citrus Christmas. My favorite way to follow AGF is via Pinterest. Thanks!

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  95. My favorite way is subscribing to their blog. (I am otherwise social media challenged...-_-)

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  96. I follow Art Gallery on twitter - and follow their blog and yours through google reader :D

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  97. I follow on Pintrest! Great stockings!

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  98. I love following them on Pintrest because they have some neat ideas! Thanks the pattern looks easy to follow and I love the top finish.

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  99. Those stockings look great! Facebook for me.

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  100. I love these stockings. AFG is awesome and the fabric is superior. Thank you for sharing. I follow them in all places but my favorite is facebook.

    Thank you

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

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  101. I am a follower of AFG on facebook :)
    xoxo melzie

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  102. Needed that easy stocking project for 11 grandchildren! I follow on pinterest.

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  103. Hi their : )
    What a great idea! Love the stockings to bits!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  104. I follow AGF on Twitter, easy! Love the stockings!!!

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  105. The stockings are adorable and the fabric is fantastic! Thanks for the chance to win. I follow on FB :)
    mjwolanin at gmail dot com

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  106. thanks so much for the pattern. And thanks for letting us see your whole post in Google Reader!

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  107. Since I don't Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest, it's great that I can follow AGF with RSS Owl. Thanks for the chance to win! And I love your stocking tutorial. How did you know I need to make three stockings before Christmas?!

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  108. Love these :) I follow AGF's blog in google reader, as well as on facebook :)

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  109. Catching the blog on Google Reader works best for me.

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  110. the stockings look great can't wait to try the tutorial,thanks for giveaway

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  111. I follow AGF on twitter (drainl)

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  112. Nice stocking pattern! I follow AGF on Pinterest. It's easy to save patterns and ideas.

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  113. Nice stocking pattern! I follow AGF on Pinterest. It's easy to save patterns and ideas.

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  114. Thanks for the tutorial! I follow AGF on FB and their blog. My favorite is FB.

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  115. I follow AGF on their blog and on FB. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  116. I follow AGF on facebook. Love this fabric!

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  117. I follow them on pinterest. What a lovely collection of fabrics! I've never purchased any Art Gallery fabrics, but I admire them constantly. Right now I'm not allowed to buy fabric until Jan so winning this bundle would be fantastic!

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  118. I follow the Art Gallery Fabrics facebook page.
    Thanks for the give-away!
    themessymouse@gmail.com

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  119. I follow their blog and facebook as FAbulous Home Sewn Products :)

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  120. I'm not entering the competition, but just wanted to say what a lovely day me, my sister and my 5 month old niece have had making this Christmas stocking. Feeling so happy and festive. Ho Ho Ho!

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  121. Thanks for the giveaway. I follow AGF on FB and blog.

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  122. I follow AGF on facebook. They have such fun post.

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  123. What great colors, would work well for hot pads I'm making for Christmas gifts!
    Love AGF so out-of-the-box! Thanks

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  124. Those stockings are super cute and that fabric is amazing! I follow AGF on facebook :)

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  125. Thanks! I'm following on Pinterest!

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  126. So fun! I follow AGF on Facebook & Pinterest

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  127. Cute stocking. Want to give these a try for next years gifts.

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